The Yankees have had an awful April and Derek Jeter, the captain of the Yankees defended the coach, Joe Torre, blaming the Yank’s dismal performance on the pitching, hitting and fielding. In other words, he took responsibility. Good on Derek Jeter. He’s a standup guy.

George Steinbrenner stayed silent about Joe Torre’s job status following the Yankees’ latest loss, a 7-4 wipeout Sunday against the Boston Red Sox that completed an awful April for New York. Not so, said Derek Jeter, who delivered a stirring defense of his manager.

Steinbrenner is said to be angry with the Yankees’ 9-14 start, which left them last in the AL East. He considered firing Torre after last year’s first-round playoff loss to Detroit and could be thinking about making a change now, with New York heading on the road after losing eight of nine.

Surrounded by reporters, standing in front of his locker in the quiet clubhouse, the Yankees’ captain insisted criticism of the manager was unwarranted.

“It’s unfair,” Jeter said. “There’s no way he’s responsible for us performing. He’s not hitting for us. He’s not pitching for us. He puts the best players out there on the field, gives us an opportunity to win. We’re just not doing the job. That’s unfair, and it should stop. … He’s doing a great job this year. We just haven’t done the job on the field. That’s the bottom line.”

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